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Jun 26

Staff Picks - Mysteries

Posted on June 26, 2020 at 8:23 AM by Bobbie Clark

Dear Reader, 

Do you like mysteries? There are so many to choose from and so many sub-categories of the genre: cozies, historical, noir, to name a few, and everything from tea shops to the ancient bog men of Ireland are covered by mystery authors. Today we delve into the mystery genre with a variety of recommendations from Lewis & Clark Library staff. 


Mary Lee recommends . . . 

Mysteries 1 

In Farleigh Field 

By Rhys Bowen 

A story of spy versus spy set among the British aristocracy during the early years of WWII.  If you are familiar with the Royal Spyness and Molly Murphy mystery series by this author, you know what to expect…   You won't be disappointed. 

Find it in our catalog HERE      

Find other books by Rhys Bowen using MontanaLibrary2Go 

Find more information about the author’s work HERE 


Bretagne recommends . . . 


Mysteries 2 

The Cold Dish 

By Craig Johnson 

Modern day western with a sheriff out to find justice and uphold the peace in a small town in Wyoming. Witty and humorous, this is a great crime mystery. 

Find it in the library  HERE    

Find Axis360 eBooks HERE 

Find MontanaLibrary2Go books HERE  

Want to read the whole series in order? Check out HERE 


Trish recommends . . . 


Mysteries 3 

Mystery SERIES -  Cormoran Strike novels 

By Robert Galbraith 

Classic contemporary crime fiction set in London.  I was skeptical whether the mind that created Harry and Hogwarts could do murder. I've read all four and I'm a believer! Cuckoo’s Calling is the first novel in this intriguing series. 

Find it in the library HERE       

Find books through Axis306 HERE 

Find books through MontanaLibrary2Go HERE 

Read about the whole series HERE 


Mysteries 4 

Mystery SERIES - Inspector Gamache novels 

By Louise Penny 

Brilliant! Every book a masterpiece of intrigue, characters of depth, fascinating cultural references woven throughout. Some series writers disappoint after a while - not Louise Penny! Still Life in the first novel in this popular series. 

Find it in the library catalog HERE 

Louise Penny books available through Axis360 HERE 

Read about the whole series with notes about the author HERE 


James recommends . . . 

Mysteries 5 

Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie 

By Alan Bradley 

First of several books featuring Flavia de Luce, a young British girl who enjoys chemistry. These are quirky, unusual mysteries that take place in post-WWII England in a small country village. Great as audiobooks. 

Find it in the library catalog HERE 

Available through MontanaLibrary2Go in ebook and audiobook 

Books in the series available through Axis 360 HERE 

Learn about the whole series with notes about the author HERE 


Suzanne recommends . . .  

Mysteries 6 

Cold Country 

By Russell Rowland 

The Lewis & Clark Library’s Premier Book Group recently discussed this book by Montana author, Russell Rowland.  The author does a great job creating that hemmed in feeling of small towns and juxtaposes it to the incredible outdoors of Montana.  The plot and pacing flow really well. Also, it’s a great book to discuss with friends. 

Find it in our catalog HERE     

Hoopla ebook HERE and audiobook HERE  

Check out Russell Rowland’s website for more information HERE 

And his YouTube channel is interesting, too HERE 



On a final note, keep in mind the Lewis & Clark Library’s Mystery Book Group will resume their meetings in September. For more information check out that great group, as well as our other terrific book groups on the library website.




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